Tête-à-tête: The art of conversation


The art of conversation is the art of hearing as well as of being heard.
― William Hazlitt, Selected Essays, 1778-1830


Good communication is as stimulating as
black coffee and just as hard to sleep after.

― Anne Morrow Lindbergh, Gift from the Sea




A single conversation can completely change the trajectory of our lives.
 – Kaye Earle

Los Angeles, California, USA

Conversation should be like juggling;
up go the balls and plates, up and over, in and out,

good solid objects that glitter in the footlights and
fall with a bang if you miss them.

― Evelyn Waugh

Angkor, Cambodia



Lettuce is like conversation.   It must be fresh and crisp, so sparkling
that you scarcely notice the bitter in it.
– Charles Dudley Warner

Karelia, Russia


Golden Temple, Amritsar, India

My idea of good company is the company of clever,
well-informed people who have a great deal of conversation;
that is what I call good company.
– Jane Austen

Nouakchott, Mauritania

Love without conversation is impossible.
– Mortimer Adler




A single conversation across the table with a wise man is
better than ten years mere study of books.
– Henry Wadsworth Longfellow


The most fruitful and natural exercise
for our minds is, in my opinion, conversation.

― Michel de Montaigne, The Essays: A Selection



Peshawar, Pakistan

Conversation. What is it? A Mystery!
It’s the art of never seeming bored, of touching everything with interest, of
pleasing with trifles, of being fascinating with nothing at all.

― Guy de Maupassant


Paris, France

Conversation should be pleasant without scurrility,
witty without affectation, free without indecency,
learned without conceitedness,
novel without falsehood. 
– William Shakespeare